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NAF El Centro CO Fired

Captain Devon Jones has been relieved of his command at the Naval Air Facility El Centro.

The announcement was made today by Rear Admiral Dixon R. Smith , Commander , Navy Region Southwest. The action came , " due to loss of faith and confidence in his ability to command " , according to the Navy's press release. Capt. Jones has been at NAF El Centro since August of 2011. Commander Erik Franzen , NAF El Centro Executive Officer , will assume CO duties until a permanent successor is named. Capt. Jones will be assigned to Commander , Naval Air Forces until the outcome of the issue is reached. The news release went on to say , " The Navy expects its leaders to provide principled and highly ethical leadership , stressing discipline , accountability and the importance of treating shipmates with dignity and respect. It is of paramount importance to the Navy that even the appearance of impropriety by leadership is unacceptable , and all personnel must conduct themselves in a manner beyond reproach." Capt. Jones was commissioned a naval officer in 1986 and flew F-14's and F-18's , serving in Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

NAF El Centro is a Navy aviation training site and the winter home of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron , The Blue Angels.